Aaron Burr was an American politician and a successful lawyer who served as the third Vice President of the United States. He was born in the middle of the eighteenth century into a well-known family, whose origin could be traced back to Pilgrim Fathers. Starting his career as an ordinary soldier during the American Revolution, he quickly rose through the ranks and ultimately became the third Vice President of the United States of America. Meanwhile, he had been elected twice to the New York State Assembly and once to the United States Senate. For a brief period, he was also the New York State Attorney General. His political career came to an end when in the last year of his Vice Presidency he fatally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a duel. To recoup his fortune, he fled to the west, where he unsuccessfully tried to establish a new regime. The failed attempt led to his arrest. Although he was acquitted due to lack of evidence, it practically ended his chances of political return. After a short trip to Europe, where he tried to drum up support, he returned to the U.S.A and started practicing law, leading a life of financial constraints and deteriorating health.